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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

BRI in the News

BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

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Deborah McKewCommunications Director 

News Archive

Jul 18, 2016

The Wildlife Society Features Recent BRI Publication on Arctic Shorebirds and Mercury

High levels of mercury found in Alaska’s Arctic shorebirds
By Dana Kobilinsky

Coupled with threats such as habitat destruction and climate change in Alaska’s Arctic, high levels of mercury discovered recently in shorebirds could create further challenges for the species.

In a study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, lead author and TWS member Marie Perkins, a Ph.D. student at McGill University, looked at mercury levels in the shorebirds’ blood and feathers. The study, which was conducted during the breeding season as well as post-breeding staging when they began their southward migration, focused on birds in Barrow, Alaska, on Alaska’s North Slope.

Read the full story here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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